Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, said he admires Indian Test captain Virat Kohli’s demeanour but isn’t fond of his proclivity for picking battles. Ganguly’s remarks came amid a simmering controversy in Indian cricket over the recent change in ODI captaincy, which saw Virat Kohli replaced by Rohit Sharma as the team’s commander.

While the move sparked a lot of excitement in the cricket world, things went downhill after Kohli’s fiery press conference ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, in which he disputed Ganguly’s comments on the captaincy transition. Ganguly stated earlier this year that he had personally begged Kohli not to resign as India’s T20I captain.

Kohli, on the other hand, refuted the claim, stating that he was never asked to relinquish his T20I captaincy. In October of this year, he stepped down as the Indian team’s T20I captain. Kohli further revealed that the selectors and Ganguly had not notified him of his dismissal as ODI captain in advance and that he was only informed ninety minutes before the decision was made official.

In the midst of the boiling debate, BCCI president Ganguly was asked which players’ approach he admires the most at an event in Gurugram on Saturday (December 18). Ganguly took Kohli’s name in response to the inquiry but added that he dislikes his combative nature.

“I appreciate Virat Kohli’s mentality,” the BCCI president stated, “but he fights a lot.”

Ganguly had broken his silence earlier this week after Kohli refuted his remarks during a press conference. The BCCI president refused to go into specifics, stating that the subject would be handled by the board. “I don’t have anything to say.” He had said, “Leave it to the BCCI, we’ll deal with it.”

BCCI executives, according to reports, are dissatisfied with the way the event has unfolded and Kohli’s statements during the press conference. The board, on the other hand, will not make a hurried judgment. The BCCI has yet to respond to the situation, and it is unclear what Ganguly will say about Kohli’s statements, which obviously contradict his account of events.